Artists protest eviction in Gowanus

The landlord of a building containing hundreds of studios is giving artists the boot

The artist protest in Gowanus
The artist protest in Gowanus

It’s an old New York story: artists move into a neighborhood, wealthy homebuyers attracted to creative areas move in and landlords cash out.

That’s precisely what’s happening once again in Gowanus, where hundreds of artists are being forced from their studios.

A group of those artists gathered in Gowanus yesterday to protest their eviction, according to Brooklyn News 12.

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The group claims that their landlord at 94 Ninth Street, which contains hundreds of art studios, has switched management companies to Prospect Management. As a result, members of the group are being booted out.

Artist Elisabeth Page Purcell told News 12 that Prospect Management called her on Oct. 8 to tell her that she had to be out of studio by Oct. 31.

Arts Gowanus and Councilman Brad Lander have now started a petition that they hope will change the landlord’s mind. [News 12] Christopher Cameron